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Old 05-27-2013, 12:20 PM   #1
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Using stock subwoofer enclosure with after-market sub?

I just purchased a 2011 JK 2 Door and I need to add a sub. I don't want to use a box that goes behind the back seat because I don't want to lose that much storage space. I don't have the stock subwoofer but was thinking about getting the enclosure and loading it with a better sub. Thoughts? I am not really in favor of this but I like where it sits.

I have been looking at under front seat subs too, but haven't found anything that appears to fit right out of the box. Any suggestions there? I would probably do one under the driver seat, and do the amp under the passenger seat. I would REALLY like to do something like the JL Stealthbox, but $650 just isn't in my budget right now. Does anyone anyone know of a similar one that is just the sub box? The Stealthbox sits low enough that I could still put my bike gear on top of it in the back.

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The factory enclosure will run you $100 or so to buy from Mopar or a dealer, and it isn't great. It is conveniently located though.

It will only take an 8" sub so you're not going to get earth moving levels of bass, but there are some decent 8" units out there. You'll probably have to fabricate an additional collar to support the increased depth of an after market sub. By the time you've done all of this it's probably easier and no more expensive to fabricate or buy an enclosure, and you'll have a much better range of options for the speaker.

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Thanks for the information. Any suggestions of pre-fab ones that are available online?
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The factory enclosure will run you $100 or so to buy from Mopar or a dealer, and it isn't great. It is conveniently located though.

It will only take an 8" sub so you're not going to get earth moving levels of bass, but there are some decent 8" units out there. You'll probably have to fabricate an additional collar to support the increased depth of an after market sub. By the time you've done all of this it's probably easier and no more expensive to fabricate or buy an enclosure, and you'll have a much better range of options for the speaker.
The factory sub enclosure from Mopar or the dealer runs over $350. You might be able to find one out of someone's jeep that they are getting rid of.
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Thanks for the information. Any suggestions of pre-fab ones that are available online?
Choose your sub first based upon the power you want and the amount of money you want to spend. That will drive the size of your enclosure; in order to operate properly, different size subs need different size enclosures.

Here's a useful article on the topic:

How To - Car Stereo - Building a High-End Enclosure For a High-End Subwoofer System

Alternatively, decide how much space you're willing to give over to the enclosure and then buy the according size of subwoofer. Bear in mind that it doesn't have to be a square box, as long as you have the right volume you can play with the shape of the unit (within reason).
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The factory sub enclosure from Mopar or the dealer runs over $350. You might be able to find one out of someone's jeep that they are getting rid of.
Ouch. I didn't realise it was that much, but it presumably includes the 12V power outlet as well. Definitely wouldn't bother going that route then.

This is quite a good idea:

Select Increments 40473 - Select Increments Stealth-Pod for 76-13 Jeep® CJ-7, CJ-8 Scrambler, Wrangler YJ, TJ, Unlimited, JK & Unlimited JK - Quadratec

A decent 10" sub will run you another $50-100, and if you need the extra space in the trunk you can just take it out.

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